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Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Learning to Let It Go

I am a faithful subscriber of Jack Book's feed and his latest post caught my fancy. Frankly, I've stopped coming over to his blog ever since he hired someone else to help him out with his blog day to day operations.

Only lately, it seem that Jack Book himself has published his own posts and I decided to come over and leave a comment or two. I thought of trackbacking this post to his, but I don't see Jack using trackback for his blog.

Yeah, I know. Blog*Spot don't have trackback capability and the nearest Blog*Spot comes up with a trackback is 'Backlinks'. And yes, this is the same trackback like those in WordPress. I have been using trackback for Blogger for quite some times now. The only drawback is that I don't have trackback url. That's mean I can only sent trackback, but I can't received any as I CAN received Backlinks only. Maybe one of these days, JackBook can comes up with the solution. What say you, Jack?

Before I answer a question for a fellow blogger who is having some sort of a problem with his sitemap, I would like to share a little story with all my readers who came here to read this post. Especially to JackBook. Somehow, according to one commenter (on Jack's blog), the other 40% who hated his templates have removed the owner links by putting their own link as though claiming to the WWW that the templates that they're using are of their own creation!

I can't believed it. Can't they see the seriousness of the matter of plagiarism? How could one say at least 10 (only TEN!) people leave the links intact, giving credits to JackBook for his awesome template and hard works! Yes I can understand not all of us are using high speed broadband and it is understandable to take out some animated images if it took longer to upload the templates, but to take out a mere link? Gee... That's pure evil.

Anyway, here's the story. This article was written by Oran Stewart, late of Suite101 and it was published on December 3rd, 2000. Last December 2006, I tried to write to Mr. Oran but failed. Then I sent an email to the WebMaster of Suite101 and I got an answer from Maureen on behalf of the WebMaster. Here's the email dated on Monday, December 18th, 2006 an answer for a published article by the same author, Recovery: Does it have to be a struggle?

Hello Noor: (It suppose to be Noor Azman or just Azman. Better still if she used, ArahMan7. In Malaysia, Noor is a girly name - editor note)

This is not Michele Romano's email address but I'll answer on her behalf.

Seeing as the writer left the Suite in 2001, it is understandable that his email address has changed. I've checked your blog and you have given him the proper credit plus a link to Suite101.

I think it should be fine.


As I've always mentioned, it has become my habit to write to the author of the article whenever I want to use it on my blog. So, without further ado, here goes:

The Mystery of the Stolen Ladder: Learning to Let it Go
Author: Oran Stewart
Published on: December 3, 2000

It was 1958 and I was in the third grade. We must have been outside for morning recess, and it was probably early in the fall of that year, because I still remember it being warm and sunny outside. It was the first school day for my new white sneakers. Why that is momentous at all is that I can still remember how pissed I was at Chuck, one of my friends then, when he walked up to me and said, “Nice shoes!” Then he stomped on them and got them both dirty, before I had a split second to move or make a protest. I was so angry, frustrated, and felt so betrayed, and it’s a resentment that, obviously, I still have today, almost 45 years later.

You would think that I could have dumped that resentment a long time ago, but I haven’t, though at least today I realize how silly it is to remember it all so well. I mean, it’s not all my fault that we went off to college and careers and I haven’t ran into Chuck since 1971. I know he’s a dentist somewhere.

We all happen to be wronged by some random, annoying events throughout our lives, the lady who cuts into our lane and then tries to make a left turn, or the paperboy who tosses the paper into the little pond next to our front door each morning. And it’s those minor, or major, assaults to our pride that can really get just under our skin at times, especially when we feel we have no recourse or revenge for these supposed wrongdoings. These resentments do seem to gather into our own personal “mental collections” over time, and they probably serve little good for us, because they can build and resurface over and over again in our daily lives, and really sour our days.

Friends and counselors might recommend to us to just “let it go”, that is, to try to resolve these supposed wrong-doings or at least push them aside at times. “Letting it go” can help to take some of the weight off of our backs and thus better enable us to enjoy life as life occurs, contrasted to constantly re-living, day after day, all the harmful things we think we’ve been through.

Last spring was when my son was helping with the high school prom, and he happened to take my ladder to school to use it there. A few days after the prom, he was visibly upset as he came to me to say that one of the other parents mistakenly had taken our ladder home with him. I tried to be nice and forgiving about it, believing that we could simply call up this parent and get him to drop the ladder off here at our house. But as it happened, this parent turned out to be an active alcoholic that we know and we came to realize, after a few phone calls to him, that we weren’t going to get our ladder back without a fight.

Sure, we could go the attorney route or the harassing phone call direction, and we could threaten his wife and kids. Also, we could decide not to do any of those things but still choose to feel angry and sour about the whole thing, which in turn would end up having us punishing ourselves day after day for years to come.

But we’re going to try to let it go: heck, it’s just a ladder after all.


Syahmi Asyraff's father received error for his blogs in Google Sitemap and has been asking this question for quite some times now. Before I answer the question, here's a little bit of history, where it all started. On July 11 2007, Blogger Buzz published a post dedicated to all FeedBurner's fans/users telling them,

FeedBurner users - we just added a feature for you. Matt's post on the FeedBurner blog explains it more fully, but in short, you can now specify a URL to which Blogger will redirect your feed's traffic. This means you'll no longer have some subscribers getting your Blogger-hosted feed while others get your FeedBurner feed, and your subscriber count should (as a result) be more accurate.

To enable this functionality, visit your blog's Settings | Site Feed page, and enter your feed's address in the "Post Feed Redirect URL" field.

After implementing the above redirect, then two three days later, I found out that I got an ERROR warning on Google sitemap's dashboard. When I clicked for details, I got this:

Line: 2 Invalid XML: too many tags - Too many tags describing this tag.
Line: 2 Incorrect namespace - Your Sitemap or Sitemap index file doesn't properly declare the namespace.

It made me wondered, how come Feedburner wasn't compatible with Google's Blogger services? After all, FeedBurner is now Google's family. Anyway, after searching high and low for some answers, I got the following solution.

  1. I have to delete the old sitemap.
  2. After that, I added new sitemap with atom.xml?redirect=false or/and
  3. I added atom.xml?orderby=updated

That mean, when you added your feed url for the sitemap instead of placing the usual url for example like Type it like this, or/and like the second example,

I used the words or/and in the above sentences because it is sufficient to use only ONE url. But in my case, I've placed both urls for each of my blogs!

Voila! Now my sitemap are free from any errors or warnings. I love to show you the screenshot, but Blogger has acted up strangely. I can't upload any image for now. I hope it won't last long and I can upload my images as usual.

Thank you for your times, my friends.

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Smsaroni said...

Thanks. But, where to update?

Anonymous said...


i have not received any trackback from you at any time, my friend. check your settings.

lankapo said...

salam, bang
wah iklan kat john chow skrg heheh
ganas ..

apa citer skrg?
income masyuk tak?

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